A grunion hunter shows a grunion caught at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Calif. The California grunion does something no other fish on the planet is known to do. It surfs a wave right out of its world and into ours. Then it plops itself down on the sand to lay and fertilize its eggs before waiting patiently for another big wave to carry it home.
A grunion hunter shows a grunion caught at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Calif. The California grunion does something no other fish on the planet is known to do. It surfs a wave right out of its world and into ours. Then it plops itself down on the sand to lay and fertilize its eggs before waiting patiently for another big wave to carry it home. Jae C. Hong ASSOCIATED PRESS
A grunion hunter shows a grunion caught at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Calif. The California grunion does something no other fish on the planet is known to do. It surfs a wave right out of its world and into ours. Then it plops itself down on the sand to lay and fertilize its eggs before waiting patiently for another big wave to carry it home. Jae C. Hong ASSOCIATED PRESS

Jared Gilmour is a McClatchy national reporter based in San Francisco. He covers everything from health and science to politics and crime. He studied journalism at Northwestern University and grew up in North Dakota.